The United States extended the sanctions regime against Venezuela until March 2022, the White House said on Wednesday.
“The situation in Venezuela continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, so I felt it necessary to extend the state of emergency imposed by … the state of emergency,” President Biden said in a letter to Congress.
The so-called state of emergency against Venezuela, providing for the imposition of sanctions, was introduced in March 2015 by a decree of President Obama. Then the United States imposed restrictions on several high-ranking officials in Venezuela, allegedly in connection with human rights violations and persecution of political opponents. The measures affected representatives of law enforcement agencies, the army and intelligence of Venezuela.
A state of emergency was also introduced in relation to Venezuela, since the situation in the South American country allegedly posed a threat to the security of the United States. In subsequent years, the sanctions against Venezuela were significantly expanded.